21st Anniversary of the Blizzard of 1993

From March 12 to March 14, 1993, one of the strongest storms of the past 100 years brought up to 30 inches of snow to eastern and southeastern Kentucky. Strong winds accompanied the snow, resulting in blizzard conditions and snow drifts of 6 to 10 feet. Interstate 75 was closed from Lexington to the Tennessee border and Interstate 64 was closed from Lexington to the West Virginia border. Both roads were closed for 2 days. Between 3,000 and 4,000 motorists were stranded along the highways. Emergency shelters were set up in Ashland and London. Some of the heavier snowfall amounts were: Perry County, 30 inches; Pikeville, 24 inches, Ashland, 22 inches; and London, 22 inches. At the Jackson National Weather Service Office 19.8 inches fell in 24 hours, with a storm total of 20.3 inches. At Hazard the 24 hour snowfall record for the state of Kentucky was set, with 25 inches. The Blizzard of '93 will long be remembered across eastern Kentucky and the eastern United States.





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